Updated October 14, 2019 by Melissa Harr

The 10 Best Retractable Keychains

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in May of 2018. Does your job require you to go into and out of locked premises several times throughout the day? If so, a retractable keychain may provide a level of convenience that beats having to rummage around in your pocket or purse every time. We've selected a diverse range of options to suit all kinds of needs, including some that can also accommodate IDs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best retractable keychain on Amazon.

10. Ram-Pro Spiral

9. SamsFX Zinger

8. Nite Ize SlideLock KeyRack

7. Fushing Reels

6. Boomerang Gear Tether

5. Vria Holder

4. Key-Bak Original

3. Youowo Lanyard Reel Set

2. Naturebelle Badge Reel

1. Key-Bak Super 48

Special Honors

IDenticard Badge Reels Whether you want to advertise or just express your personality, the IDenticard Badge Reels will show off your logo, making them great for giveaways or your employees. There are plenty of sizes and options available, including a nifty heart-shaped choice. identicard.com

Kyle Design Decorative Go ahead, think of a motif or picture — the Kyle Design Decorative probably offers it, whether that's an animal, occupation, sport, astrological sign, and much, much more. You can select a color, too, but as you might expect, all this customization makes them a little pricier than most. kyledesigns.com

Editor's Notes

October 07, 2019:

We've kept a range of options at this time, covering those that hold both keys and IDs as well as those with clips for your belt or pocket and carabiners for everywhere else. But it remains tough to beat options from top name Key-Bak, and we've included their Super 48 and Original. The Super is the model for those who expect to carry a lot of weight, while the Original is a lighter duty choice. The Naturebelle Badge Reel is a fine alternative, especially since it comes in a 10-pack that's great for those who are rough on their stuff.

We also decided to add two options that are a little different, the Youowo Lanyard Reel Set and the Nite Ize SlideLock KeyRack. The former includes a lanyard for neck wear and offers a handy ID holder, although this isn't as waterproof as the company claims. The latter isn't actually retractable, but it's a popular alternative as it keeps keys safe and accessible. The locking mechanism it uses is almost too good, though, as it can take a couple of tries to get it open.


Melissa Harr
Last updated on October 14, 2019 by Melissa Harr

Melissa Harr is a language-obsessed writer from Chicagoland who holds both a bachelor of arts and master of arts in English. Although she began as a TEFL teacher, earning several teaching certificates and working in both Russia and Vietnam, she moved into freelance writing to satisfy her passion for the written word. She has published full-length courses and books in the realm of arts & crafts and DIY; in fact, most of her non-working time is spent knitting, cleaning, or committing acts of home improvement. Along with an extensive knowledge of tools, home goods, and crafts and organizational supplies, she has ample experience (okay, an obsession) with travel gear, luggage, and the electronics that make modern life more convenient.


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